High Court asks government to reconsider scrapping of Tipu Jayanti

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Bengaluru, Nov 6: In a major embarrassment to the BJP regime of chief minister B S Yediyurappa, which is seriously considering removing all references to the 18th century ruler of the erstwhile state of Mysore, the Karnataka High Court on Wednesday directed the government to reconsider its decision to scrap Tipu Jayanti, the birth anniversary celebrationsof the Muslim ruler known as Tiger of Mysore.

The verdict came on a petition filed by a group of activists against the decision taken by the BS Yediyurappa government soon after it took over from the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition regime of H D Kumaraswamy earlier this year.

"By way of an interim order, we direct the state government to reconsider its decision adopted on July 30. We direct the state government to take an appropriate decision in this regard two months from today," a bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay Shreenivas Oka and Justice SR Krishnakumar said.
The court also observed that the decision to scrap Tipu Jayanti was "taken in a single day" at a time when the BJP government did not even have a cabinet in place.

"It should not look like the decision was taken arbitrarily," it said.

Tipu Jayanti is celebrated on November 10.

Tipu Jayanti celebrations during the former Congress-JD(S) coalition government's rule had given rise to fervent protests from BJP leaders, who termed it as a form of minority appeasement.

While the Congress and JD(S) contend that the Muslim ruler was a patriot who fought against the British, the BJP dubs him as a tyrant who had victimised his Hindu subjects.

During the course of the hearing earlier this week, Advocate General Prabhuling K Navadagi had told the bench that the government's move was only a policy decision to stop Tipu Jayanti celebrations at the administrative level.
"If the petitioners want to celebrate it, nothing prevents them from doing so," he held, adding that the festival dates back to a mere four years.
Chief minister BS Yediyurappa has also announced that his government will drop all references to Tipu Sultan from school textbooks in the state, a decision opposed by historians as well as opposition leaders in the state.

"Such topics must not find a place in our textbooks. We are not going to allow such things to happen, and that is 101% certain," the chief minister had said at a press meet in Bengaluru last week.

The state BJP also came out in support of the move.

"By ending public celebrations of Tipu Jayanti, CM @BSYBJP has restored dignity to Kannadigas. As the next step, textbooks must be rewritten to portray the real Tipu Sultan to our children. They should be made aware of the tyrant's cruelty against Hindus and his anti-Kannada rule," it tweeted.



Comment on this article

  • Rajen Gopi, Malappuram

    Fri, Nov 8 2019

    Can anyone tell me how and when did TIPPU SULTAN become a villain?
    All my life I have read that he was a good man, in last 07 years he has become bad man. Wah!!

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  • Zameer, Udipi

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    You consider or not"O TO TIGR HAI' hamesha rahega. AAMEEN

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Tipu Sultan, is dead and gone long time ago but here on Earth lot's of controversies and criticism in favour and against.
    Withdraw Tipu books from Celebes, cancel the Tipu Jayanti, whatsoever, it will not
    effect the dead person in any way. Be happy.

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  • Saihu, Udupi/Dubai

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    The Tiger of Mysore Hazrath Tippu was a Hero whether you like or not but you don't know the history. In his own ministry the main portfolios were managed by Hindus. treasurer was Krishna Rao, Shamaiya Iyengar was his Minister of Post and Police, his brother Ranga Iyengar was also an officer, and Purnaiya held the very important post of "Mir Asaf". Moolchand and Sujan Rai were his chief agents at the Mughal court, and his chief "Peshkar", Suba Rao, was also a Hindu. He made
    egular endowments were made during this period to about 156 Hindu temples, including the famed Ranganathaswami Temple at Srirangapatna and Sringeri Sharada mutt. Catholic church at bantwal farangipete has clear boar on main entrance grotto ' at the feet of this stautue of marry the soldeirs of hyder ali and those of tippu sultan were lighting candles.

    if you read history of Raja's of coorg avaibale under gazzett , you can find Raja' sof coorg killed hindu of coorg more than what tippu has killed and in more in human ways.

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Time may come one day there would be a demand from..............................?
    to replace Gandhi Jayanti with Nathuram Vinayak Godse

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  • D.Shetty, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    remove means remove..finish it .... High court only can say reconsider , cannot issue order to stay ..Tippu was murderer and converter of religion whatever congii scripted over years is all coming out ..
    Not effecting yeddis decision though..he should be worried on how to hold numbers ....

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  • mohan, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    If high court is pro tippu...then wh they not suggesting to celebrate all mugal rulers of India to celebrate their jayanti...... this terrorist and lokter and killers history to be totally erased from history....

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  • Sunil Kumar, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Scrap wale ko scrap hi karega tho acha hai

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  • Praveen, Mangalorean

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Why all are thinking of ancestors... think about future of our Country... politician's only created all types of jayanti and now they are only scrapping it .... this is only politics.....

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  • Bala, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Scrap all jayanthies. Waste of money.

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  • bharath1953, Mangalore, India

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    All ready these Governments are throwing away and pocketing percentage of Money, paid by the Tax Payers, in the name of Jayathi's, Bhagyas and Saala Manna, overall making our people more and more Lazy, lethargic and Parasites. There is no Money to spend on Infrastructure. Pot holed Roads, Water shortage, Piling of Garbage, Out break of Malairia, Dengue, etc etc.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    ""Tippu was an able general and administrator, and, though a Muslim, he retained the loyalty of his Hindu subjects. ""

    ""Hyder Ali’s son, Tippu Sultan, continued to develop and expand the use of rocket weapons, reportedly increasing the number of rocket troops from 1,200 to a corps of 5,000. In battles at Seringapatam in 1792 and 1799 these rockets were used with considerable effect against the British.""

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  • Sainik, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Tippu doesn't need any certificates from the followers of Indians first terrorist "GODSE". The coward who killed Gandhiji.

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  • ad, mangaluru

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Tippu sultan must remain in Karnataka history. He fought the British and those who conspired with the British he went against them brutally.

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    No way .. people's wish has more weightage then courts observation...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Atlanta

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Tippu was not a Coward ...

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  • Dr.S.Kamath, Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Cyanide Mohan also not Coward?

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  • Rupert Franks, Mangalore/Canada

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Jossy from Atlanta, I think you have either forgotten or ignorant of your ancestors or your roots. Go on Google and check about mangalorean christians. Tipoo was is or ever will be a tyrant. Go visit Bhatkal and you will find your cousins speaking Konkani, who were forcefully converted by Tippu to Islam. And you call this murderer a courages man.

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Dear Franco,
    Tippu was in kearla, But Hindu, muslim, Christian, All speek malayalam not Konkeny . Tippu was not missionary. chrristan bombarded and killed million in Japan. world war 1 , world war 2 , and all the wars in middle East and for your information even Hitler was christian in the pretext of war you speed you're religion please do not be double standered.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    @rolf, world war I & world war I I were not waged on jihad or on religious grounds. but @ 1400 expansion of islam was carried out from da sword & forcibly converted christians, hindus, buddhists in2 islamic fold like babar, jhaidar, tipu, aurangajeb

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  • Giri, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    We will oppose tippu jayanthi till our last breath

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  • Khabib, Manglore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Only true slaves of british anti nationals oppose n fear tiger of mysore.
    Rolls-Royce, the opulent carmaker has unveiled the new Ghost Mysore Collection. This 'Bespoke Ghost Mysore Collection' takes inspiration from Tipu Sultan..
    We are proud our legend n we will till our last breath.

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  • Valerian D'Souza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    English language is of British

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    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    You are supporting because of you have got point to support him because both got same beliefs ! That doesn't mean that all MUSLIMS are got equal treatment ! Pakistan treating the Indian muslims who migrate to PAKISTAN DURING the partition as second CITIZENS ! Middle east never allow to ASIAN Muslim to marry their WOMEN !


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  • James, Belman

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    BJP can delete Tippu name from books but not from history.

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  • michael, mangaluru

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    in this matter, though I do not support the ideals of BJP, I am with scrapping Tipu or Puti Jayanti.

    He is a traitor who has killed scores of my ancestors. He is the Hitler of Mysuru.

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  • Human, Karnataka

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Don't write as if you were watching live during freedom war okay.your words shows you lack knowledge in history.

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